Your car’s tires are a significant investment. You’ll want to prevent them from unnecessary wear and tear, whether they’re the vehicle’s original tires or replacements. The best way to minimize wear on the tires and keep them safe is to rotate them regularly at intervals recommended by the manufacturer. Tires that have been rotated properly will last longer, wear more evenly, and provide your car, truck, SUV or van with better handling. Fortunately, if you live or work in Winslow, tire rotation is fast and easy when you bring your vehicle to the experts at the Winslow Ford Service Center.
Depending on the type of vehicle you own, when you bring your vehicle for tire rotation in Winslow, our certified service technicians will rotate the tires by moving them from front to back, from side to side, or using a combination of these patterns. Rotating the tires using the correct rotation pattern for your vehicle will provide longer tire life and help to prevent sudden failure. Your owner’s manual has more information on tire rotation for your car.
Front and rear tires function differently, and there are differences in the way tires function on front- and rear-wheel-drive vehicles. If you don’t rotate the tires regularly, front-wheel drive models will experience more wear on the front tires. This could cause the car to lose control when driving on slippery roads. Bringing your vehicle to the Winslow Ford Service Center for regular tire rotation will prevent tire conditions like cupping, which causes cabin vibration and noise. Additionally, failing to rotate your vehicle’s tires regularly may void the tire warranty.
The three commonly used tire rotation arrangements are forward cross, x-pattern, and rearward cross.
Forward cross: This pattern is used for vehicles with front-wheel drive. The front tires move to the back, the rear tires move to the front, and the right and left rear tires change sides.
X-pattern: This pattern is also used on vehicles with front-wheel drive. In this case, the front tires are moved to the back, the rear tires are transferred to the front, and all the tires switch sides.
Rearward cross: This pattern is used for both rear- and four-wheel-drive vehicles. The front tires are moved to the back and switch sides, and the rear tires are transferred to the front.
Performance tires use unique rotation patterns: front-to-back and side-to-side.
Front-to-back: This pattern is used for directional tires. The front tires move to the back, and the rear tires move to the front. The left tires stay on the left side, and the right tires remain on the right.
Side-to-side: Tires that are of different sizes use this pattern. The left tires are moved to the right, and the right tires are transferred to the left.
While it’s possible to rotate your car’s tires yourself, it’s always best to have your car’s tires rotated at a service center like the Winslow Ford Service Center. We’ll rotate the tires, check for wear, and reset the vehicle’s tire-pressure monitor.